Ocala Horse Shows and Horseback Riding

Marion County, Florida

Ocala Horse welcomes you to the equestrian paradise of Ocala, located in the rolling hills of Marion County, Florida. Here, many of the nations top horse breeders perfect their craft, producing thoroughbred race horses as well as virtually every other breed of horse. Ocala, Florida is also winter headquarters for the HITS show jumping winter series at Hits Post Time Farm.

Ocala Horse Farms

Horse farms create stunning vistas of endless green grass accented by black horse fencing and majestic oak trees. Here, future racing thorobreds and horse show champions are born. A visit to a one of the many horse farms open to the public is a must.

Florida Horse Park in Ocala

Florida Horse Park, an attraction in itself, is the center of horse shows for North Central Florida. Skilled jumpers or disciplined dressage riders compete for ribbons almost every weekend.

Hits Ocala - 2015 Show Jumping Schedule

Winter months bring professional riders to the famous Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) circuit has been performing at Hits Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida from mid January to mid March for over 30 years.

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit offers grand prix show jumping classes in divisions for the beginner, novice and experienced rider. The circuit features 21 grand prix events worth over $1.5 million in prize money, which the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix to close out the circuit.

Hits Post Time Farm is located at 13710 US Highway 27 in Ocala, Florida. Spectators are welcome.

Rocking Horse Stables (Altoona)

Rocking Horse Stables offers a full slate of Dressage Shows, Combined Training Schooling Shows, and Pony Club National Testing events. Located in Altoona, Florida which is close to Ocala, Tampa and Orlando. Rocking Horse

Canterbury Showplace (Newberry)

Canterbury Showplace is a beautiful Equestrian Center located in nearby Newberry, Florida and is open to horse-related events, horse eventing, and classic horse shows. Show schedule click here.

Hotels in Ocala

Staying in the Ocala area? Visit Hotels in Ocala for complete hotel, car rental and attraction reservations. Planing a trip to Orlando? Make reservations here.

Carriage Rides and Tours

Enjoy a leisurely horse carriage ride through horse country and enjoy the informative banter of your guide.


Apr 17, 2015
How Do I Get My Horse to Load in a Trailer?
By Nancy Diehl, VMD, MS
Florida horse shows
What suggestions do you have for training a horse to load into a trailer? Why do some horses seem so fearful of trailers?

A. I find it almost surprising that horses aren't more fearful of trailers! If you think about it, trailers are not the kinds of places horses should willingly go. Horses seem to be at least initially cautious about moving into changes in terrain, through gaps, or into different values of light. Trailers are dark, confined spaces, up off the ground, and have a unique kind of bouncy feel underfoot. More info...

Apr 8, 2015
Spring Grass Safety
By Shannon Pratt-Phillips, MSc, PhD
horse shows
As benign as it might seem, this fresh forage can cause more harm than good.

Not all pasture grass is created equal. Although this forage cornerstone of the equine diet offers excellent nutrition, provides fiber to keep the horse’s digestive tract healthy, and allows the horse to satisfy his innate need to graze, come spring it is also notorious for causing causing problems. This is particularly true in horses at risk for digestive or metabolic disorders. More info...

Mar 27, 2015
Teenage Snowbirds? Just Part of Being a Young Equestrian
horse shows
Each Sunday evening of the winter months, a sea of girls in riding breeches, muddy paddock boots and fitted navy blazers crowds the JetBlue gateways in West Palm Beach, Fla., heading home to the New York area for the school week.

For the parents of the horse set, it’s commuting to the Winter Equestrian Festival, a training and showing marathon held over 12 weekends at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, a 500-acre complex where these girls compete alongside 2,500 world-class riders. More info...

Mar 25, 2015
Safe Longeing or Lunging or Lungeing
By Jennifer O. Bryant
Florida horse and pony
This common exercise modality can be surprisingly risky; learn how to keep your horse—and yourself—safe. Asked by a nonhorsey friend to explain what longeing is, you’d probably say something like, “It’s when you put a horse on the end of a long line and let him go around you in circles.”

In this article we’ll explain why experts urge you not to consider longeing a mindless activity and, instead, to treat it like a serious training tool. And we’ll share their suggestions on best practices for horse health and handler safety. More info...

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